Balotelli out of first Italy squad

Conte leaves Balotelli out of first
Italy squad
The new Azzurri boss unveiled his first team
and has omitted the Liverpool striker, which
could be down to his suspension from the Euro
2016 qualifier against Norway
By Peter McVitie
Aug 31, 2014 00:42:00
Antonio Conte has
announced his first squad
since taking over as coach
of Italy and has left Mario
Balotelli out.
The three-time Scudetto winning coach with
Juventus was appointed as coach of the national
team earlier this month, replacing Cesare Prandelli
who resigned immediately after the loss to
Uruguay which saw the Azzurri eliminated from
the World Cup.
Conte has announced the squad for his first
games in charge as they prepare to meet
Netherlands in a friendly on September 4 before
they begin their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign
with Norway five days later.
The biggest surprise in the squad is the absence of
Balotelli, however, that could be explained by the
new Liverpool striker's suspension from the
Norway tie.

Mainstays Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini,
Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele De Rossi and Claudio
Marchisio are all in the team, while Ciro Immobile,
Simone Zaza and Sebastian Giovinco are also
included.

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Daniele
Padelli (Torino), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore
Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain);
Defenders: Davide Astori (Roma), Leonardo
Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus),
Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter);
Midfielders: Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Matteo
Darmian (Torino), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Mattia
De Sciglio (Milan), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma),
Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland), Christian
Maggio (Napoli), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus),
Marco Parolo (Lazio), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina),
Andrea Poli (Milan), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint
Germain);
Attackers: Mattia Destro (Roma), Stephan El
Shaarawy (Milan), Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus),
Ciro Immobile (Borussia Dortmund), Pablo Osvaldo
(Inter), Simone Zaza (Sassuolo)

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